Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations Page: 44 of 72
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I am sure that no man can deprecate more sincerely than I do, the
annexation of Texas to this union. I believe that I realize all the
immediate and all the remote bearings which that event would have
upon the great cause of Universal Freedom. There is no effort which
I would not make-no sacrifice to which I would not gladly submit
-to avert that most hateful alliance. But were it accomplished to.
morrow, should I despair? Should I despondingly abandon the
cause of God and liberty on that account, and believe that the trickery
of a handful of scurvy politicians at Washington could cancel the
decree registered in the chancery of heaven-that every slave shall be
free ? Should I even believe that the period of universal emancipa-
tion would be very much delayed by that event ? No, sir. The only
effect which such a blow would have upon me, and which I believe
it would have upon every Abolitionist, would be to make me feel that
a great work was to be done in a short time. That we must concen-
trate all our efforts, and multiply all our machinery for acting upon
the public mind, before the young dragon by the banks of the Sabine
be fully grown, and before she have engendered a brood like unto
herself, to be arrayed by her side against the cause of God and free-
Whenever proclamation is made that the union of these states is
dissolved, on that day the death-knell of slavery is tolled. As soon
as they are released from the fatal embrace of their northern friends,
their patriarchal system falls to the ground. It is the sympathy and
encouragement of the free states which sustain that system now.
Let the ties of interest, which create that false sympathy, be severed,
and it vanishes; stifled humanity revives, and the oppressor must
soon break his rod for very shame. It is a strange infatuation to sup-
pose that any military force, or any custom house regulations, could
keep from the inhabitants of any country the influence of the whole-
some public opinion of neighboring nations, and the scorn of the
The Americans of our revolution then fought for their own liberty,
and through their example of successful resistance, for the liberty of
the world, But the Texans are fighting for slavery among themselves,
and if success crown their desperate efforts, they will have fought
for the perpetuity of slavery throughout the world. The wishes of
the Texians are now for their annexation to these United States of
America. If they be admitted into the union, a deep, perhaps one
of the deepest blows that can be struck, will have been inflicted on
the rights of man; the name of liberty will have been profaned, her
spirit disgraced, and her fair presence banished for a time, perhaps
forever, from ' the land of the free, and the home of the brave.'
As Texas rebelled against Mexico, because the institutions of domes-
tic slavery could not exist in that nation, she, of course, would not
ask for admission into our union, unless permitted to enter with all
her slavish retinue. She deserted Mexico, because Mexico is a free
state; she now begs in the name of liberty, and with the prayer of
freemen, to be united with the United States, because here under the
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Anti-Texass Legion. Anti-Texass Legion: Protest of some free men, states and presses against the Texass rebellion, against the laws of nature and of nations, book, January 1, 1845; Albany. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2356/m1/44/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .